BANGKOK: Pokklaw A-Nan was Thailand's hero as he stepped off the substitute's bench to give the home side a winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory over 10-man Vietnam.
The Thais were utterly dominant throughout but left it very late to make their superiority count. After Minh Chau Nguyen was sent off, Pokklaw struck with just 10 minutes left to seal victory for Kiatisuk Senamuang's men on a tense evening in Bangkok's Rajamangala stadium.
The visitors started brightly,...
Even as Thailand open their 2018 World Cup campaign on Sunday by hosting Vietnam in a Group F Asian qualifier, the most die-hard Thai patriot would readily admit that the team is highly unlikely to be making the trip to Russia. However, the fans in the country are certainly hoping that Kiatisuk Senamuang's young side makes plenty of progress during the qualification campaign.
Kiatisuk has overseen much success at a regional level over the past two years, with the U23 side winning the SEA Games in...
Thailand head coach Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang is giving nothing away as his side prepare to open their World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Vietnam on Sunday.
The War Elephants' all-time record scorer insists he hasn't finalised his team selection for the first game of the AFC second round qualifiers.
Kiatisuk said: "I am still just 50-60 per cent sure of my starting eleven for Sunday's game. We have two more days of training still to go and, after that, I will make my final selection."